Day 5 - Abram
Read Genesis 12:1-3.
When we first read it, we might think this promise to Abram is simply that God will give him a family and lots of grandkids, but this promise is actually so big and important that it even affects you and me. Let’s notice the three parts of the promise: land, children, and blessing.
As you probably know, Abram (later called Abraham) did indeed have a son. Can you believe it? He and his wife were older than any of your grandparents but they still had a baby!
Abram didn’t get to see the land part of the promise fulfilled, but God certainly fulfilled it not too much later as He gave His people the “promised land” under Joshua’s leadership. Also, God blessed Abram’s descendants when He spoke to Moses and promised to be his personal God.
But God’s promise-fulfilling work gets even better! The first words in the New Testament tell us that Abraham was the great-great-great-great-great-(and many more great’s)-grandfather of Jesus. Abraham was one of the people closer to the beginning of the line of Christ Himself! The writers of the New Testament talked a lot about Abraham and in Romans 4 it’s made clear that anyone who shares the faith of Abraham is considered a child of Abraham, part of the people of God. So Abraham’s children and great-great-grandchildren grew to way more people than simply those who were born from his family. If you believe in Jesus, you are part of God keeping his promise to Abraham.
It doesn’t even stop there. God isn’t done keeping this very important promise to Abraham. There will be a time when all the people of God are together—including Abraham Himself, and all people who have ever belonged to God through faith—on the New Heaven and New Earth. We will be standing before the throne of God, entering a promised land much better than anything we could have ever dreamed. We will be blessed to worship God freely and no longer have sin or sadness weighing us down.
Isn’t it wonderful that God made an ancient promise that He fulfilled and will still fulfill in eternity to come? Praise God that through His Son we are able to even enter into this promise too. How amazing!
Read Day 1 here.
Read Day 2 here.
Read Day 3 here.
Read Day 4 here.
ornament by my friend Laura; symbolizing God's promise using stars in the sky
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